William Zappa | Biography
William Zappa,  (“Half Greek, half English, all Australian”) has a career which has crossed continents and spanned five decades of elite performances in film, television, and theatre. After training at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, William worked for The Bristol Old Vic, Marlowe Theatre, Dukes Playhouse and the Theatre Royal - Stratford East.
 
Moving to Australia in 1976 to take up a post as Head of Movement at the School of Drama, Victorian College of the Arts he returned to acting full time in 1981. Since then he has forged a career as one of our finest actors having played major roles for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Ensemble, Belvoir Street, State Theatre of South Australia, and Griffin. Stand-out roles include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (SATC) his award winning thirteen characters in Bell Shakespeare's Government Inspector(Green Room Award), Anthony in BSC'c Anthony and Cleopatra, Max in Rock and Roll (STC, MTC) Edward Damson in Gift of The Gorgon (STC). He also won two awards for his portrayal of Thenardier in Les Miserables, the role which inspired him to write Winter's Discontent, his critically acclaimed one man show.
 
Film work includes: Dead Europe, Men's Group, The Monkeys Mask, The Rage in Placid Lake, Head On, Bootmen,Quigley Down Under, Mad Max 2 and a New Zealand Film Best Actor Award nomination for Crush. Television work includes: Rake, Magazine Wars, City Homicide, All Saints, GP, and a Penguin Award for Best Actor in Women of the Sun. 
 
For the last two years he has been working on an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad focusing on the rhythm and style to create a version for reading out loud. He has presented excerpts of this ‘work in progress’ at the ANU Classics Museum, Oxford University at a Post Graduate Symposium and over four nights as part of the Greek Festival of Sydney at Steki Taverna in Newtown.
 
 

 

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